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Grimsby murder mystery business shortlisted for national award

A murder mystery business in Grimsby has been shortlisted for a national award at a ceremony recognising the achievements of small and micro-businesses.

Grimsby murder mystery business shortlisted for national award

The team from Red Herring Games, which stocks a huge range of games to be played at dinner parties, will head to the UK's inaugural Small Awards in London on May 25, hosted by comedian and television personality Sue Perkins.

The Wellowgate business has built a reputation for its downloadable murder mystery games and was even asked to write the murder mystery event for Agatha Christie's 125th birthday celebrations.

Company founder Jo Smedley said: "This is utterly fantastic. We can't believe we've been shortlisted for the Small Awards.

"We are literally bouncing up and down with excitement.We are one of very few murder mystery firms who can write from scratch, creating bespoke events and DIY parties you can play at home."

The downloadable murder mystery games mean the host can play too, as the game is provided as an MP3 file as well as a character booklet.

Red Herring Games can also also provide 'death to order' by customising an existing game in its catalogue or writing a bespoke murder mystery game for its customers.

The small firm, which sells both from its shop and online via its own website and on Amazon, has been shortlisted in the 'Home & Away' category in this year's Small Awards, in association with Facebook.

Jo added: "As a predominately on-line business we have been exporting since we launched the company.

Our first order was for the Wedding Planners' Association of America in April 2007, and since then we have done around 30 per cent export sales annually, gradually growing our export market in the last three years to around 50 per cent.

"We're launching Red Herring Games in Australia this year and are meeting the licensee in April to support that expansion.

We have supplied cast events in Barcelona, Hawaii and Egypt, worked to produce bespoke team-building games in France, and have just won a contract to produce an event for 700 people at CrimeCon in Indianapolis."

The 'Home & Away' award celebrates small businesses that have taken the step to export. Businesses will have demonstrated success in both exporting and in building relationships with customers outside as well as inside the UK.

The prize will recognise businesses that have overcome hurdles in export, demonstrated a competitive position in other markets and show ambition to continue to grow their export business.

The Small Awards will recognise the achievements of small businesses in ten categories across multiple sectors and areas of activity, including high street businesses, family businesses, start-ups and business-to-business companies, as well as those that export, and even companies that contribute most to their community.

One of the individual category winners will also be named overall Small Business of the Year. Facebook will give that business £1,000 worth of free advertising credit.

The judges for this year's Awards include the former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable, 2014 Apprentice winner Mark Wright, who now runs SEO and PPC agency Climb Online, and former Digital & Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

Small Awards director, Michelle Ovens MBE, said: "There is so much vibrancy in the UK's small business sector, so many great stories and examples of innovation, achievement, community spirit and social responsibility. We are thrilled to be able to shine a light on some of the best, like Red Herring Games.

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